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Old 09-01-2011, 10:06 AM
Location: John & Ken-ville
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I have been using "Bayer - insect control + fertilizer (spikes)" in the soil of my Sago palm - which is an indoor plant since July.

I still see an infestation.

Is there anything I can spray on the plant to get rid of the cotton candy-like fluff stuff that's showing up on the fronds?

The Bayer stuff isn't working at all.

Any tips?
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:10 AM
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Try some Bonide Neem.
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:25 AM
Location: the west side of "paradise"
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Check out this site for your questions:
(good luck to ya)

Sago Palms
Sago palms are popular (and expensive) landscape plants here in Florida. The sago's rough brown trunk and tuft of dark green fronds have deceived many people into thinking it is a palm tree. It really isn't.
It's a cycad...

Growing Sago Palms
Growing Sago palms from seed requires patience but Cycas revoluta sex is an interesting process to watch.

Transplanting Sago Palms
Transplanting Sago palms is less risky than moving true palms (sagos are cycads) as they are less sensitive to root disturbance. Like a true palm, they do tend to go into transplant shock after a move. With a little extra attention they soon bounce back.

The most common question people have with regard to Sago palm care is, "What is that white powder on my sago palms ?"

That white powder coating the fronds of your Sago palm tree is a bad case of Asian or Sago palm scale. This is a very difficult insect pest to get rid of once it has got a foot hold on a palm tree.

Sago Palm Disease
Sago palm disease will tell you how to treat a tree suffering from an Asian scale infestation. Yellowing and other problems are also addressed.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:44 PM
Location: John & Ken-ville
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Thanks for the info.

I have a pretty nasty infestation of scale. I just scrubbed the fronds pretty clean with a toothbrush dipped in hot water, dissolved one of the spikes in water, then scrubbed the leaves with the solution and put new spikes in the dirt.

We'll see what happens in a week. May be a lost cause.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:26 AM
Location: Floribama
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Try growing Dioon edule instead of Sago, they're more resistant to scale.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:13 AM
Location: Tampa, FL
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I can't tell where you are from your location. If this plant came from or has been outside in Florida for any length of time, chances are it is indeed that horrible asian cycad scale mentioned above. You need a strong systemic, reapplied several times, to clear an infestation. The University of Florida has developed a methodology to kill this stuff. This link below may be helpful, it shows pics of various sago pests and recommends control methods.

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Old 07-23-2012, 09:39 AM
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The information is very interesting. Thanks for sharing the info.
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